Academic Highlights: A Roadmap to Key Pharmacologic Principles in Using Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Older Patients
J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(1):131-138
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Antipsychotics are widely used to
treat psychiatric disorders in older
patients. While the growing number
of second-generation antipsychotics
(SGAs) has increased options for patients,
it has also complicated clinical
decision-making. Data from the
American Psychiatric Association’s
(APA’s) Practice Research Network
indicated disproportionately high use
of antipsychotics and benzodiazepine
medications among older patients compared
with those under age 65.